DOTr, LTFRB welcome go-signal to apprehend Angkas riders

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by Drei Laurel | Dec 12, 2018
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The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) have aired their side regarding the temporary restraining order (TRO) that now allows them to apprehend Angkas riders. Basically, this TRO overrides the preliminary injunction issued by the Mandaluyong City Regional Trial Court that previously permitted Angkas to continue operations.

In a statement released by the two government agencies earlier today, they say they “welcome” this latest development and will soon resume apprehending the ride-hailing company’s motorcycles.

“The TRO prevents the implementation of the order by Judge Valenzuela on 20 August 2018, which granted a preliminary injunction in favor of ride-hailing service ‘Angkas,’ that prevented the government from interfering directly or indirectly with its operations and the apprehension of its bikers,” the statement reads.

“The DOTr and LTFRB express its gratitude to the high court for issuing the TRO, as it is in line with our efforts to prioritize the safety and security of the riding public through proper implementation of the law.

“Our position remains the same—motorcycles registered in the service are not authorized to conduct business and offer public transport under Republic Act 4136. For them to be allowed, the law has to be amended by Congress.”

The two agencies add that apprehension of Angkas rider will begin “upon issuance of the LTFRB resolution within the day,” reiterating that safety and rule of law are their priorities: “We will remain faithful to our mandate in giving commuters a safe and efficient mode of public transportation.”

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Angkas posted this response on its Facebook page: “This TRO also puts the livelihood of 25,000 biker-partners at risk—a few days before Christmas, when their families need it most. We offer our safety record of 99.997% as a potential model for responsible traffic safety nationwide. We hope the Supreme Court will eventually rule in favor of the Filipino riding public.”

Is this the right move? What do you think of the LTFRB and the DOTr’s statement? Let us know in the comments.

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